Who We Are

Members of St. Stephen Lutheran Church+St. Stephen adults and children praying together+St. Stephen choir leading the congregation+Lutheran Student Association at St. Stephen


We are young and old and middle-aged. We are families with babies, retirees, students and faculty and staff at the College of William and Mary, couples and singles. We are school teachers and health care workers.  We are parents raising children; people working at Colonial Williamsburg, in the community or some distance away; and people serving in the military. We are people who have grown up in Williamsburg and people who come from all over the country. We are regulars and tourists and visitors.

We are part of the mission and ministry of the wider church through our denomination, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Do not be put off by the word “evangelical” in our denomination’s name.  We are actually the open and affirming American Lutheran denomination.  If you have been hurt in a judgmental church, here you will not be judged.  We affirm with St. Paul that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, and we welcome all who are seeking God, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.

Our regional body is the Virginia Synod of the ELCA.  If you would like to know more, go to: www.vasynod.org

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We invite you to worship and study and journey with us!

St. Stephen Vision and Mission Statements